Reprinted from Mike Malloy Website
The Syrian refugee crisis has become impossible for the world to ignore. A week after Germany and Hungary opened their doors to as many as 800,000 refugees, Canada, the US, and the EU struggle to manage the intensifying demand for resources they present. Meanwhile, Republican presidential hopefuls have been weighing in on the situation in their own special ways.
Donald Trump initially showed a glint of humanity early last week when he suggested that the US "had" to take in some refugees, then flip-flopped by week's end, stating "Russia's not taking, nobody's taking," Trump said of the refugees. "We're supposed to take? We have to straighten out our own problems."
What kind of "problems" could "we" have that comes even close to the mass death and suffering going on in the Middle East? Now, you don't expect a crass jerk like Trump to care a whit about the less fortunate, but that can't be true of the more enlightened members of the GOP, right?
For example, the holiest of holies Mike Huckabee, surely he has a Christ-like sympathetic solution to offer?
The Washington Post details it for us:
"'Are they really escaping tyranny, are they escaping poverty, or are they really just coming because we've got cable TV?' Huckabee asked, in an audience question-and-answer session at the conservative Eagle Forum conference in St. Louis. 'I don't meant to be trite. I'm just saying: We don't know. This idea that we have an obligation to receive vast numbers of people ... we have a real obligation to make sure that we protect the sovereignty of the United States,' said Huckabee. 'That's not a lack of Christian charity. It's the essence of charity, to provide for needs, but not to put your own children at risk, if what you're importing could be people who have a nefarious purpose for wanting to be here.'"
Oh man. Starving homeless families. Drowning children. What possible nefarious purposes could they have, other than their evil desire to watch Cable TV? Wouldn't it be fairly easy to determine if these broken people were smuggling in weapons among the bundles of blankets and torn clothing?
What is wrong with these people?
US foreign policy can create the refugee crisis, but won't solve it. Kind of like the plan to invade Iraq without a clear exit strategy. We just don't think these things through very clearly, do we?